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Notes on Bakuchiol

What is Bakuchiol?
Hailed as a natural version of retinol, bakuchiol is a plant-based ingredient that has fantastic benefits for treating many skin concerns – from acne through to ageing. An antioxidant found in the seeds of the Psoralea Corylifolia plant native to India, bakuchiol has long been put to medicinal use for its healing, calming and soothing properties.

How does Bakuchiol work?
Much like retinol, bakuchiol works by kickstarting skin cell turnover and collagen production, which becomes increasingly important the older we get because the body’s natural renewal process slows down as we age. A build-up of dead cells on the skin’s surface can lead to uneven texture and tone, dehydration and rough/dry patches. Meanwhile, a decline in collagen levels can result in visible signs of ageing such as fine lines, wrinkles, and a loss of elasticity.

Bakuchiol vs Retinol – what’s the difference?
Bakuchiol’s main point of difference is that it does this effectively and gently. While retinol’s repertoire is formidable, some finer, reactive or compromised skin types can experience responses like irritation, purging and increased photosensitivity. Bakuchiol has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, making it more of a mellow choice for those with sensitive and/or dry skin. Its strong antioxidant profile means it can be used morning or evening (whereas retinol should only be used in the evening when there is no chance of sun exposure). It’s also safe to be used by those pregnant or breastfeeding.

How can I incorporate Bakuchiol into my regime – as well as, or instead of Retinol?
You can use both bakuchiol and retinol in your routine, either as individual products or combined into one. When found in the same formulation, bakuchiol helps to stabilise retinol, as well as increases the skin’s tolerance to higher doses of retinol due to its calming abilities.